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Sydney is a young Concordia College student. A blood test over the holiday break revealed that Sydney has Aplastic Anemia, a rare and unpreventable condition where the body stops producing new blood cells – simply put, bone marrow failure.  She required a bone marrow transplant, and by the grace of God, discovered her 18-year-old brother was a perfect match.  She was admitted to the hospital December 30th and transplant day was January 5th . Sydney remained in the hospital for another two weeks and is now being monitored via frequent visits to the clinic for 100 days post-transplant.  Her brother, Sam, recovered at home for a few days and then headed back to college.  He is doing well.

Funds donated to her account will be used to help pay expenses for the treatment, including chemotherapy and anti-rejection drugs, needed as part of her recovery.  Please join us in providing help and hope for this remarkable young lady!

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"04-18-2022";s:5:"title";s:8:"Day +103";s:7:"details";s:802:"Sydney has surpassed the big Day +100! Last week Sydney had a bone marrow biopsy (her 3rd) and then her Day +100 appointment. The doctor is happy with Sydney's progress. The t-cell number that was a worry is now trending in the right direction again and her new bone marrow is all Sam. Sydney is currently at the clinic getting a shot and then she doesn’t have to go back for one full month!! Fun fact (maybe not so fun)… Sydney has to receive all her child immunizations again. What’s next?? Over the next couple months, Sydney will be weaning off one of her anti-rejection medications and we watch that t-cell number. Sydney is looking forward to heading back to school to see friends and then attend her graduation. Woohoo! Thank you for all the prayers… we’ve been blessed. God is Good.";}

    Day +103

    04-18-2022

    Sydney has surpassed the big Day +100! Last week Sydney had a bone marrow biopsy (her 3rd) and then her Day +100 appointment. The doctor is happy with Sydney’s progress. The t-cell number that was a worry is now trending in the right direction again and her new bone marrow is all Sam. Sydney is currently at the clinic getting a shot and then she doesn’t have to go back for one full month!! Fun fact (maybe not so fun)… Sydney has to receive all her child immunizations again. What’s next?? Over the next couple months, Sydney will be weaning off one of her anti-rejection medications and we watch that t-cell number. Sydney is looking forward to heading back to school to see friends and then attend her graduation. Woohoo!
    Thank you for all the prayers… we’ve been blessed. God is Good.

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"04-05-2022";s:5:"title";s:7:"Day +90";s:7:"details";s:1942:"Good day! Here we go again, our last update was +30 and today Sydney is at Day +90! … and for that we’ll go with “no news is good news.” Time goes fast and slow at the same time; if you ask Sydney though, probably just slow. Since we last wrote, Sydney’s been going to the clinic every Wednesday. She’s no longer needing infusions of magnesium and her blood sugars have improved. She’s not out of the woods yet and we do have our first “worry.” Sydney’s blood counts (white, red and platelets) are all doing well but Sydney’s t-cells still have the upper hand (over Sam’s) and they’d like to see that trending the other way. The docs changed one of her medications and it’s a wait and see kind of thing. She has another bone marrow biopsy scheduled April 11th and from there we’ll have a better idea of what’s happening inside her blood and marrow. In the meantime, it was a long winter but spring is here (as best it can be in April in MN). Sydney’s been joining me on my walks; she can go 4 miles, no problem! Sydney’s college community is going strong selling bracelets and raising funds for her Lend a Hand Up fundraiser (all boosted 20%!) I’ll include a couple photos (on Sydney’s website).. everyone looks so joyful, it brings happy tears to my eyes. ** Follow these fabulous young adults (and Sydney’s rockstar advisor) on Instagram @sydneyweller_strong Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this and in the many other ways you’ve helped us; we are so grateful! Other milestones happened and coming up: both kids had a birthday (now 19 and 22… talk about time going fast and slow at the same time!), Day +100 is Good Friday, Sam will finish his first year of college and Sydney will graduate college May 1st! We’ll be back with more info as we learn more. Happy Easter! Love, Brenda Future updates can be found here: https://lendahandup.org/give/sydney606/";}

    Day +90

    04-05-2022

    Good day! Here we go again, our last update was +30 and today Sydney is at Day +90! … and for that we’ll go with “no news is good news.” Time goes fast and slow at the same time; if you ask Sydney though, probably just slow.

    Since we last wrote, Sydney’s been going to the clinic every Wednesday. She’s no longer needing infusions of magnesium and her blood sugars have improved. She’s not out of the woods yet and we do have our first “worry.” Sydney’s blood counts (white, red and platelets) are all doing well but Sydney’s t-cells still have the upper hand (over Sam’s) and they’d like to see that trending the other way. The docs changed one of her medications and it’s a wait and see kind of thing. She has another bone marrow biopsy scheduled April 11th and from there we’ll have a better idea of what’s happening inside her blood and marrow.

    In the meantime, it was a long winter but spring is here (as best it can be in April in MN). Sydney’s been joining me on my walks; she can go 4 miles, no problem!

    Sydney’s college community is going strong selling bracelets and raising funds for her Lend a Hand Up fundraiser (all boosted 20%!) I’ll include a couple photos (on Sydney’s website).. everyone looks so joyful, it brings happy tears to my eyes.

    ** Follow these fabulous young adults (and Sydney’s rockstar advisor) on Instagram @sydneyweller_strong

    Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this and in the many other ways you’ve helped us; we are so grateful!

    Other milestones happened and coming up: both kids had a birthday (now 19 and 22… talk about time going fast and slow at the same time!), Day +100 is Good Friday, Sam will finish his first year of college and Sydney will graduate college May 1st!

    We’ll be back with more info as we learn more. Happy Easter!

    Love, Brenda

    Future updates can be found here: https://lendahandup.org/give/sydney606/

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"02-04-2022";s:5:"title";s:7:"Day +30";s:7:"details";s:2435:"Mom’s turn again ;) WOW… Sydney’s last email was back on Day 14, the day she was discharged from the hospital! Today is Day 30 and all is well :) Sydney’s first 5 days home were spent with daily trips to the clinic (as planned), then the visits were about every other day and now she’s got her longest break with 3 days off in a row. “The clinic” is at the U of M and consists of labs/blood work, a visit with a provider and then she’s routinely been needing an infusion of magnesium (one of her meds is messing with her mag) but has not needed red blood cells or platelet infusions since the day she left the hospital. Her new marrow is working! Her numbers are all coming back, some slow, some quicker.. but all as expected. There are various numbers/levels the care team are watching, liver, blood sugar (ugh, still!) and the risk for graft vs host disease (GVHD) is always there. Fun Fact... Sydney’s blood type will change from her’s to Sam’s! Sydney’s uplifting news yesterday from the doc.. she has permission to drive a car again (although she still can’t really go anywhere yet), her 6am and 10pm med is now done (that means more sleep!) and she gets to have her central line/port taken out (that means she can take a shower on a whim!) Sydney’s days are pretty uneventful; she’s had a few really nice visits with friends but also some winter blues. I’ve been encouraging her to embrace this time of rest. When was the last time a college student was really able to stop and rest?!? If you know Sydney this is difficult.. if she’s not in class or studying she likes to be working (and lots of hours!) There is a lot of waiting in this process and time will tell.. but soon enough, my dear, you’ll have your days back! We have some exciting news to share… Sydney’s college advisor and classmates are championing a fundraising website through Lend a Hand Up, sponsored by the Dakota Medical Foundation. Lend a Hand Up is pretty powerful, all donations are BOOSTED with a 20% match and there are no administrative fees! Watch for coming info on bracelets and t-shirts for sale, a silent auction and more! #SydneyStrong Also, watch this website for all of Sydney’s future updates (replacing this group email.) Thanks so much for thinking of us..thank you for the cards, drawings, care packages, gift cards, and prayers!! We’ve read all the texts and emails too!";}

    Day +30

    02-04-2022

    Mom’s turn again 😉

    WOW… Sydney’s last email was back on Day 14, the day she was discharged from the hospital! Today is Day 30 and all is well 🙂

    Sydney’s first 5 days home were spent with daily trips to the clinic (as planned), then the visits were about every other day and now she’s got her longest break with 3 days off in a row. “The clinic” is at the U of M and consists of labs/blood work, a visit with a provider and then she’s routinely been needing an infusion of magnesium (one of her meds is messing with her mag) but has not needed red blood cells or platelet infusions since the day she left the hospital. Her new marrow is working! Her numbers are all coming back, some slow, some quicker.. but all as expected. There are various numbers/levels the care team are watching, liver, blood sugar (ugh, still!) and the risk for graft vs host disease (GVHD) is always there. Fun Fact… Sydney’s blood type will change from her’s to Sam’s!

    Sydney’s uplifting news yesterday from the doc.. she has permission to drive a car again (although she still can’t really go anywhere yet), her 6am and 10pm med is now done (that means more sleep!) and she gets to have her central line/port taken out (that means she can take a shower on a whim!)

    Sydney’s days are pretty uneventful; she’s had a few really nice visits with friends but also some winter blues. I’ve been encouraging her to embrace this time of rest. When was the last time a college student was really able to stop and rest?!? If you know Sydney this is difficult.. if she’s not in class or studying she likes to be working (and lots of hours!) There is a lot of waiting in this process and time will tell.. but soon enough, my dear, you’ll have your days back!

    We have some exciting news to share… Sydney’s college advisor and classmates are championing a fundraising website through Lend a Hand Up, sponsored by the Dakota Medical Foundation. Lend a Hand Up is pretty powerful, all donations are BOOSTED with a 20% match and there are no administrative fees!

    Watch for coming info on bracelets and t-shirts for sale, a silent auction and more!
    #SydneyStrong

    Also, watch this website for all of Sydney’s future updates (replacing this group email.)

    Thanks so much for thinking of us..thank you for the cards, drawings, care packages, gift cards, and prayers!! We’ve read all the texts and emails too!

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"01-19-2022";s:5:"title";s:7:"Day +14";s:7:"details";s:819:"Good evening everyone. I am HOME!! I knew about the possibility of a Wednesday discharge over the weekend when my counts started coming in. I didn’t want to get too excited so I told almost no one and wouldn’t let my mom tell anyone… she wasn’t too happy with me. I left the hospital today around 5pm, on my Day +14 and after 21 days in the hospital. I am very happy to be back home with my dog. I have daily clinic visits for the time being and visits will continue until the 100 days are up, a huge box of pills/medicine, and still am at high risk of infection and graft versus host disease. All that to say, I’ve still got a little while until I’m fully recovered. I’m just thankful to be able to recover now from home. Just a quick update for tonight and more to come after I get settled. Sydney";}

    Day +14

    01-19-2022

    Good evening everyone. I am HOME!!

    I knew about the possibility of a Wednesday discharge over the weekend when my counts started coming in. I didn’t want to get too excited so I told almost no one and wouldn’t let my mom tell anyone… she wasn’t too happy with me. I left the hospital today around 5pm, on my Day +14 and after 21 days in the hospital. I am very happy to be back home with my dog. I have daily clinic visits for the time being and visits will continue until the 100 days are up, a huge box of pills/medicine, and still am at high risk of infection and graft versus host disease. All that to say, I’ve still got a little while until I’m fully recovered. I’m just thankful to be able to recover now from home. Just a quick update for tonight and more to come after I get settled.

    Sydney

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"01-15-2022";s:5:"title";s:7:"Day +10";s:7:"details";s:3130:"Good evening! Sydney said I could guest-write her update email some day and today is my day. It’s DAY 10... double digits! Although all in all, she’s been in the hospital for 17 days and let me tell ya.. she’s ready to break out of here! A couple updates since Sydney’s last email … we’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news. Let’s get the bad news over with. As expected, Sydney’s hair started falling out and is now almost gone. It’s sad. She didn’t shave her head yet, but she did ask me to bring the clippers to the hospital today. She’s experienced what people say, their hair fell out in chunks… it’s unreal to watch so I can only imagine what it feels like for her. It’s part of the journey having received chemo and she knows it will grow back but it doesn’t make it any easier. Ok.. the GOOD news. Sydney’s white blood count went up today! Her count has been at less-than 0.1 and today it’s 0.3! It might not sound like much but this sure does has the docs and nurses excited, almost dancing. The normal range for WBC is 4-11 so it’s still early but once it hits 0.5 then there is another number they watch and then… I heard the word discharge. One day at a time so we’ll keep ya posted. We were told Days 5-10 after transplant Sydney would feel pretty crummy but for the most part that wasn’t the case. She looked good, she ate her meals and had energy. There was one mishap on the treadmill where she almost passed out and she’s still struggling with her blood sugars but otherwise doing all the right things. Sam has gone back to college and is doing well. He was pretty sore for a while and still gets winded going up the stairs to class. When he was in recovery at the hospital the nurse said he could have anything he wanted for the next week… he really didn’t cash in on it expect for a trip to Culvers. Sam was simply happy to have his freedom back; he basically spent his winter break in quarantine and even had to spend New Year’s with his mom (poor kid!) Sydney passes her time here at the hospital playing board games, cards and the Wii, walking on the treadmill, coloring, doing puzzles (more so for my benefit) and journaling. As for me, many have said, try not to worry. Truth be told, I worried enough back in my younger years to last a lifetime. My go-to verse is: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 And speaking of younger years.. I kid you not, more than once someone new will walk into Sydney’s room, look at me and look at her and ask, who is the patient here?!? If I could, I’d take this on for her in a heartbeat. Thank you for the cards, gift cards, care packages, meals, treats, dog-care, shoveling, painting, flowers, Amazon deliveries, texts, well wishes and prayers. Sydney will be back with her updates next week. 🙂 Love, Brenda (the mom)";}

    Day +10

    01-15-2022

    Good evening! Sydney said I could guest-write her update email some day and today is my day. It’s DAY 10… double digits! Although all in all, she’s been in the hospital for 17 days and let me tell ya.. she’s ready to break out of here!

    A couple updates since Sydney’s last email … we’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news. Let’s get the bad news over with. As expected, Sydney’s hair started falling out and is now almost gone. It’s sad. She didn’t shave her head yet, but she did ask me to bring the clippers to the hospital today. She’s experienced what people say, their hair fell out in chunks… it’s unreal to watch so I can only imagine what it feels like for her. It’s part of the journey having received chemo and she knows it will grow back but it doesn’t make it any easier.

    Ok.. the GOOD news. Sydney’s white blood count went up today! Her count has been at less-than 0.1 and today it’s 0.3! It might not sound like much but this sure does has the docs and nurses excited, almost dancing. The normal range for WBC is 4-11 so it’s still early but once it hits 0.5 then there is another number they watch and then… I heard the word discharge. One day at a time so we’ll keep ya posted.

    We were told Days 5-10 after transplant Sydney would feel pretty crummy but for the most part that wasn’t the case. She looked good, she ate her meals and had energy. There was one mishap on the treadmill where she almost passed out and she’s still struggling with her blood sugars but otherwise doing all the right things.

    Sam has gone back to college and is doing well. He was pretty sore for a while and still gets winded going up the stairs to class. When he was in recovery at the hospital the nurse said he could have anything he wanted for the next week… he really didn’t cash in on it expect for a trip to Culvers. Sam was simply happy to have his freedom back; he basically spent his winter break in quarantine and even had to spend New Year’s with his mom (poor kid!)

    Sydney passes her time here at the hospital playing board games, cards and the Wii, walking on the treadmill, coloring, doing puzzles (more so for my benefit) and journaling.

    As for me, many have said, try not to worry. Truth be told, I worried enough back in my younger years to last a lifetime. My go-to verse is: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

    And speaking of younger years.. I kid you not, more than once someone new will walk into Sydney’s room, look at me and look at her and ask, who is the patient here?!? If I could, I’d take this on for her in a heartbeat.

    Thank you for the cards, gift cards, care packages, meals, treats, dog-care, shoveling, painting, flowers, Amazon deliveries, texts, well wishes and prayers.

    Sydney will be back with her updates next week. 🙂

    Love, Brenda (the mom)

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"01-11-2022";s:5:"title";s:6:"Day +6";s:7:"details";s:2109:"Hello all, Here is a little update for everyone. The days of chemo and ATG (anti-rejection) were really tough in ways I didn't expect. My first evening after receiving the chemo I felt really not-well, weak, I had a fever and needed a chest x-ray in the middle of the night. In addition, my first attempt at a shower, I managed to get water on my central line and it started to bleed (not good when you don’t have platelets.) Since then, my shower-hour has turned into shower-half-hour; I’m getting pretty good at it! I have battled nausea, throwing up, diarrhea, heartburn, bloody noses, days of extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, restless nights, eyesight problems, blood sugar issues and more. Chemo was something I was not prepared for and those days were truly terrible. I’m so thankful they are behind me. I wanted to share some of the struggle- as I had no idea and now have extreme respect and opened-eyes for people needing these kinds of treatments. I now am so thankful to have a night where I can sleep a few hours in a row, or can wake up and put on my glasses and read with clear sight. I’m thankful to have the energy to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes after having days that I didn't leave my bed. The little things now are just unreal, it’s crazy what you become grateful for after going through something like this. It’s day 6, I am mostly doing well, I haven't had a fever from transplant, and my central line is almost fully healed. Currently my days are long and uneventful but that is good because it means no complications. This week, my counts are predicted to hit an all time low, so I could be coming up on some fatigue, in addition to my hair is predicted to fall out which will be emotionally taxing for me. I’m trying to take it one day at a time and deal with things when they come, rather than worrying about the unknowns. I appreciate all the support, love, cards, texts and more- little things make my day. Prayer Requests: Continued strength and high spirits, for a quick recovery with little complications, and for good sleep! -Syd";}

    Day +6

    01-11-2022

    Hello all,

    Here is a little update for everyone.

    The days of chemo and ATG (anti-rejection) were really tough in ways I didn’t expect. My first evening after receiving the chemo I felt really not-well, weak, I had a fever and needed a chest x-ray in the middle of the night. In addition, my first attempt at a shower, I managed to get water on my central line and it started to bleed (not good when you don’t have platelets.) Since then, my shower-hour has turned into shower-half-hour; I’m getting pretty good at it!

    I have battled nausea, throwing up, diarrhea, heartburn, bloody noses, days of extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, restless nights, eyesight problems, blood sugar issues and more. Chemo was something I was not prepared for and those days were truly terrible. I’m so thankful they are behind me. I wanted to share some of the struggle- as I had no idea and now have extreme respect and opened-eyes for people needing these kinds of treatments.

    I now am so thankful to have a night where I can sleep a few hours in a row, or can wake up and put on my glasses and read with clear sight. I’m thankful to have the energy to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes after having days that I didn’t leave my bed. The little things now are just unreal, it’s crazy what you become grateful for after going through something like this.

    It’s day 6, I am mostly doing well, I haven’t had a fever from transplant, and my central line is almost fully healed. Currently my days are long and uneventful but that is good because it means no complications. This week, my counts are predicted to hit an all time low, so I could be coming up on some fatigue, in addition to my hair is predicted to fall out which will be emotionally taxing for me. I’m trying to take it one day at a time and deal with things when they come, rather than worrying about the unknowns. I appreciate all the support, love, cards, texts and more- little things make my day.

    Prayer Requests: Continued strength and high spirits, for a quick recovery with little complications, and for good sleep!

    -Syd

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"01-06-2022";s:5:"title";s:6:"Day +1";s:7:"details";s:4610:"

    Hello all, you are on this list because in some way you have loved and supported me or my family during this time and it means the world to us.

    I will try to send out updates as they come, for anyone who has texted me and I haven’t gotten back to you… I’m sorry. I think this will be easier for large announcements, so no one gets missed, but feel free to still text me because I am trapped in a hospital room ;).

    For anyone who kind of knows my journey thus far you can skip this section but wanted to review because I think everyone has different knowledge as to how I got here.  At school this past semester I was having strange symptoms including random bruises, fatigue, and freezing cold all the time. Over Thanksgiving break when I was home from college, I went to the doctor and found out all my blood counts were low. So, I went to see an oncologist the Friday after Thanksgiving and from there I needed a bone marrow biopsy which took place the following Monday. It was revealed with those results I was at less than 5% cellularity in my bone marrow but with no signs of cancerous cells. I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia- simply put, bone marrow failure.  I found some good information here if you want to read more https://www.aamds.org/diseases/aplastic-anemia. This is an unpreventable and rare disease, with the best long-term results for someone young and otherwise healthy to have a bone marrow transplant. So, Sam, my brother who is just 18 offered to be tested, it was a 1 in 4 chance he would be a full match. A week later we received the call that he was indeed a full match! I could not believe it, and still struggle with the fact I am putting my little brother through this. Ever since this news it has been a fast track to transplant. I was admitted to the hospital December 30th (or day -6) and chemo started the day after (day -5). The point of the chemo is to kill off my remaining immune system so that Sam’s transplant can grow and become my new bone marrow. My last treatment of chemo was January 3rd (I needed four chemo sessions). The largest risk of this treatment is graft versus host disease where the transplant cells could recognize that it is in a foreign territory and start to attack my body; which is why I will be staying in the hospital for about a month and then monitored closely from the clinic for 100 days post-transplant.

    During this past week, I have received chemo and ATG which have been taxing on my body. Something I wasn't prepared for, but grateful to be on the other side now.

    My transplant day was yesterday, January 5th (day 0). Sam's procedure went well and he's now recovering at home. His surgery was similar to my bone marrow biopsies but he was under anesthesia longer and more was removed from his marrow with two small incisions to his lower back. When I received the transplant later that day, the marrow entered through my port and dripped in like a blood transfusion.

    I can’t express my gratitude enough and have at many times been overwhelmed with the way I have been shown love. The prayers have been felt. I have been relatively calm during this journey thus far. Don Graffam read Psalm 62 at my prayer session at church before coming to the hospital and verse 5-8 reads “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Any other passages that have encouraged you through a tough time, please send them to me. I would love to read them. I’m so grateful to know my identity isn’t in my schoolwork, relationships, my hair or my illness but it is in Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful to have truly learned that during my college years and believe that the Lord is with me, and I shall not fear.

    All of you have asked ways to help… and that is so kind. My mom and I are considering something like a go fund me, but meals aren't an issue right now with being in the hospital. There will be more of an update on this in the future.

    Prayer Requests: For a quick healing and recovery from transplant with minor complications and for good sleep at night!

    Feel free to forward on to anyone I missed.

    -Syd

    ";}

    Day +1

    01-06-2022

    Hello all, you are on this list because in some way you have loved and supported me or my family during this time and it means the world to us.

    I will try to send out updates as they come, for anyone who has texted me and I haven’t gotten back to you… I’m sorry. I think this will be easier for large announcements, so no one gets missed, but feel free to still text me because I am trapped in a hospital room ;).

    For anyone who kind of knows my journey thus far you can skip this section but wanted to review because I think everyone has different knowledge as to how I got here.  At school this past semester I was having strange symptoms including random bruises, fatigue, and freezing cold all the time. Over Thanksgiving break when I was home from college, I went to the doctor and found out all my blood counts were low. So, I went to see an oncologist the Friday after Thanksgiving and from there I needed a bone marrow biopsy which took place the following Monday. It was revealed with those results I was at less than 5% cellularity in my bone marrow but with no signs of cancerous cells. I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia- simply put, bone marrow failure.  I found some good information here if you want to read more https://www.aamds.org/diseases/aplastic-anemia. This is an unpreventable and rare disease, with the best long-term results for someone young and otherwise healthy to have a bone marrow transplant. So, Sam, my brother who is just 18 offered to be tested, it was a 1 in 4 chance he would be a full match. A week later we received the call that he was indeed a full match! I could not believe it, and still struggle with the fact I am putting my little brother through this. Ever since this news it has been a fast track to transplant. I was admitted to the hospital December 30th (or day -6) and chemo started the day after (day -5). The point of the chemo is to kill off my remaining immune system so that Sam’s transplant can grow and become my new bone marrow. My last treatment of chemo was January 3rd (I needed four chemo sessions). The largest risk of this treatment is graft versus host disease where the transplant cells could recognize that it is in a foreign territory and start to attack my body; which is why I will be staying in the hospital for about a month and then monitored closely from the clinic for 100 days post-transplant.

    During this past week, I have received chemo and ATG which have been taxing on my body. Something I wasn’t prepared for, but grateful to be on the other side now.

    My transplant day was yesterday, January 5th (day 0). Sam’s procedure went well and he’s now recovering at home. His surgery was similar to my bone marrow biopsies but he was under anesthesia longer and more was removed from his marrow with two small incisions to his lower back. When I received the transplant later that day, the marrow entered through my port and dripped in like a blood transfusion.

    I can’t express my gratitude enough and have at many times been overwhelmed with the way I have been shown love. The prayers have been felt. I have been relatively calm during this journey thus far. Don Graffam read Psalm 62 at my prayer session at church before coming to the hospital and verse 5-8 reads “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Any other passages that have encouraged you through a tough time, please send them to me. I would love to read them. I’m so grateful to know my identity isn’t in my schoolwork, relationships, my hair or my illness but it is in Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful to have truly learned that during my college years and believe that the Lord is with me, and I shall not fear.

    All of you have asked ways to help… and that is so kind. My mom and I are considering something like a go fund me, but meals aren’t an issue right now with being in the hospital. There will be more of an update on this in the future.

    Prayer Requests: For a quick healing and recovery from transplant with minor complications and for good sleep at night!

    Feel free to forward on to anyone I missed.

    -Syd

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  1. Brett

    The Lord Jesus is our beautiful healer. Scripture even refers to him as the Great Physician. I know that he is with you as you work toward physical healing. I pray that as he walks you through this recovery process, you will feel his presence and love with you. God bless you.

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  1. Brett

    The Lord Jesus is our beautiful healer. Scripture even refers to him as the Great Physician. I know that he is with you as you work toward physical healing. I pray that as he walks you through this recovery process, you will feel his presence and love with you. God bless you.

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